Cormac O'Doherty was top scorer for Derry. (Pic: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile)
Derry 0-28 - Sligo 2-17
Derry progressed to their second ever Christy Ring Cup final with a five point win over Sligo today.
Captain Cormac O’Doherty top scored with twelve points for the winners, with Joe McHugh and Gerard O’Kelly Lynch both hitting goals in a losing cause for Sligo. Slaughtneil's Gerald Bradley also impressed with five fine scores.
The Oakleafers were the better side in the opening half at Owenbeg and led 0-16 to 1-7 at the break. But the home side were forced to dig deep in the second half as they withstood a highly impressive Sligo fightback that ultimately fell just short.
Dominic McKinley and Cormac Donnelly’s side will meet favourites Offaly in next week’s final in Croke Park.
Scorers- Derry: C O’Doherty 0-12 (8 fs), G Bradley 0-5, S McGuigan 0-3, Brian Cassidy and O McKeever 0-2 each, R Mullan, E Cassidy, M McGuigan, D Foley 0-1 each
Sligo: G O’Kelly-Lynch 1-6 (5 fs), J McHugh 1-4, C Hanniffy 0-2, T Cawley, A Kilcullen, E Comerford, L O’Kelly-Lynch 0-1 each.
Derry: O O’Doherty, C McAllister, S Cassidy, M McGrath, J Mullan, B McGilligan, R Mullan, E Cassidy, C O’Doherty, M McGuigan, G Bradley, D McCloskey, D Foley, Se McGuigan, B Cassidy
Subs: O McKeever for C McAllister (24), P Nelis for E Cassidy (63), S Cassidy for D Foley (69)
Sligo: S Fleming, K O’Kennedy, N Feehily, N Kilcullen, K Banks, R McHugh, G Connolly, M Hanniffy, T O’Kelly, C Hanniffy, J McHugh, F Cawley, Tomas Cawley, G O’Kelly-Lynch, A Kilcullen
Subs: E Comerford for G Connolly (HT), L O’Kelly-Lynch for T Cawley (70)
Ref.: Kevin Brady (Louth)
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